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AWS Announces EC2 Bare Metal instances and C5D instances with local SSD Storage

HPC in the Cloud got a boost this week with this announcement of two updates to the Amazon EC2 instance family. EC2 Bare Metal instances provide customers’ applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. C5D instances with local SSD storage are designed for applications that benefit from high-speed, ultra-low latency local storage, such as video encoding, manipulation, and other forms of media processing that often include large numbers of reads and writes to temporary storage.

StorONE and Mellanox Build Wire-Speed TRU Storage Solutions

Today StorONE announced that it has partnered with Mellanox Technologies to leverage each other’s technological approaches in order to create powerful, scalable and flexible storage solutions. These solutions achieve the enterprise-class functionality, high performance and high capacity results at the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. “Modern software-defined storage solutions require high-performance, programmable and intelligent networks,” said Motti Beck, Senior Director Enterprise Market Development, at Mellanox. “Combining StorONE’s TRU STORAGE software with Mellanox Ethernet fabric storage solutions improves the simplicity, cost and efficiency of enterprise storage systems, supports enterprises’ mission critical storage features at wire speed and ensures the best end-user experience available.”

Accelerating Ceph with RDMA and NVMe-oF

Haodong Tang from Intel gave this talk at the 2018 Open Fabrics Workshop. “Efficient network messenger is critical for today’s scale-out storage systems. Ceph is one of the most popular distributed storage system providing a scalable and reliable object, block and file storage services. As the explosive growth of Big Data continues, there’re strong demands leveraging Ceph build high performance & ultra-low latency storage solution in the cloud and bigdata environment. The traditional TCP/IP cannot satisfy this requirement, but Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) can.”

New Types of Memory, their support in Linux, and how to use them via RDMA

Christoph Lameter from Jump Trading LLC gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “Recently new types of memory have shown up like HBM (High Bandwidth Memory), Optane, 3DXpoint, NVDIMM, NVME and various “nonvolatile” types memory. This talk gives a brief rundown on what is available and gives some example on how the vendors enable the actual use of this memory in the operating system (f.e. DAX and filesystems) and then show how an application would make use of this memory. In particular then we will be looking at what considerations are important for the use of RDMA to those memory devices.”

Supermicro RSD 2.1 Pools All-Flash NVMe Composable Storage

Today Supermicro announced their new Rack Scale Design (RSD) 2.1 with pooled all-flash NVMe composable storage support for applications like high throughput ingest, HPC, data analytics, video streaming, CDN, and software-defined storage (SDS) environments. “Occupying just 1U of rack space, our all-flash NVMe storage systems support 32 hot-swap 2.5″ NVMe SSDs for a half petabyte of high-performance storage with Supermicro RSD 2.1 that can be shared by 12 hosts simultaneously,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. “With dynamically composable server nodes, efficient storage utilization, and independently upgradeable compute resources, our RSD 2.1 solutions with advanced NVMe pooled storage are perfect for efficient and flexible hyperscale datacenters. In fact, we have already deployed these 32-drive systems running Hadoop workloads for a major automobile company.”

DDN Named Intel Technology Partner of the Year

We are honored to be recognized by our strategic partner, Intel. This award further validates our position as the world’s leading provider of data-intensive at-scale solutions,” said Alex Bouzari, chief executive officer, chairman and co-founder of DDN. “DDN’s data storage solutions provide our customers worldwide with the value-add flexibility, performance acceleration, advanced intelligent data management capabilities, and workflow simplification that are essential for on premise, hybrid cloud and public cloud requirements.”

NVMe Over Fabrics High performance SSDs Networked for Composable Infrastructure

Rob Davis from Mellanox gave this talk at the 2018 OCP Summit. “There is a new very high performance open source SSD interfaced called NVMe over Fabrics now available to expand the capabilities of networked storage solutions. It is an extension of the local NVMe SSD interface developed a few years ago driven by the need for a faster interface for SSDs. Similar to the way native disk drive SCSI protocol was networked with Fibre Channel 20 years ago, this technology enables NVMe SSDs to be networked and shared with their native protocol. By utilizes ultra-low latency RDMA technology to achieve data sharing across a network without sacrificing the local performance characteristics of NVMe SSDs, true composable infrastructure is now possible.”

One Stop Systems Rolls Out High Bandwidth NVMe Ion Flash Storage Array

Today One Stop Systems introduced the new 2U Ion Accelerator Flash Storage Array. The new array offers flexible capacity while maintaining the high-bandwidth and low-latency pedigree of Ion Accelerator arrays deployed in hundreds of global installations. This OSS shared flash storage array boasts the latest Ion Accelerator 5.0 software, NVMe drives, networking options and dual Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to support the most demanding applications.

Mellanox Ships BlueField SoCs and SmartNICs

Today Mellanox announced the first shipments of its BlueField system-on-chip (SoC) platforms and SmartNIC adapters to major data center, hyperscale and OEM customers. Mellanox BlueField dual-port 100Gb/s SoC is ideal for cloud, Web 2.0, Big Data, storage, enterprise, high-performance computing, and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) applications. “We are excited to ship BlueField systems and SmartNIC adapters to our major customers and partners, enabling them to build the next generation of storage, cloud, security and other platforms and to gain a competitive advantage,” said Yael Shenhav, vice president of products at Mellanox Technologies. “BlueField products achieve new performance records, delivering industry-leading NVMe over Fabrics and networking throughput. We are proud of our world-class team for delivering these innovative products, designed to meet the ever growing needs of current and future data centers.”

Kingston NVMe Technologies Speed Up HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Rich Kanadjian from Kingston describes the company’s wide array server memory and NVMe PCIe Flash solutions for HPC. “Today’s supercomputing installations are capable of doing billions of calculations per second and managing data in enormous volume and velocity. Kingston continues to provide top data solutions with reliability and predictable performance for the world’s most powerful HPC and enterprise big data applications, while also laying the groundwork for future innovation in data center efficiency.”